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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors Program

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Honors Department, Interdisciplinary Studies


Western’s Honors Program allows students to combine the best of a private liberal arts college experience (small classes, interaction with professors and other students, and the opportunity to work on research and creative activities with faculty) with the advantages of a much larger public institution, including a wide variety of majors, outstanding academic facilities, and numerous extra-curricular options. Admission is selective, and students are invited to join the program on the bases of high school record, scores on standardized tests, a writing sample, and letters of evaluation.  Transfer students or students already enrolled in the university may enter the program on the bases of academic record, a writing sample, and the recommendation of a university or other faculty member.

The program is structured in a way that provides a graduated, on-going experience for students as they engage in increasingly sophisticated work while moving through Honors.  Most students join the program upon entry into Western, but there are opportunities for already enrolled and transfer students to participate in Honors.

Students in the Honors Program are eligible for Honors courses and seminars, and have the opportunity to undertake extended Honors independent study projects in their major fields.

Students interested in the Honors program should get in touch with the Honors Office, College Hall 204, 360-650-3034, or visit the Honors website,, for more information.


Requirements for Graduation through the Honors Program

Classes in the first and second year apply to the student’s General University Requirements.  Classes may be applied to the GUR area indicated for each class.

Requirements for already enrolled Western students and transfer students:

❑ Four Honors seminars
❑ A senior project

Additional requirements for graduation through the Honors Program:

A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 for the last 90 graded credits of University-level work

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